It’s a feeling just about everyone experiences from time to time. Millions of Americans deal with indicators and uncomfortable symptoms of constipation. According to WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, these are the classic telltale signs:
- A bloated lower abdominal feeling
- Straining while having a bowel movement
- Hard or very lumpy stools
- A feeling of obstruction, blockage in the rectum, or incomplete evacuation
- Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen and using a finger to remove stool from your rectum
- Fewer than three bowel movements per week
For most of us, staying committed to a healthy diet laden with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain fiber can help prevent or eliminate occasional constipation. Regular exercise and drinking at least eight glasses of water daily can also alleviate the problem. Unfortunately, many of us don’t adhere to this healthy lifestyle. But sometimes even if you do, you might still need a little extra help.
It’s not just helpful for those who are experiencing constipation to take a laxative, but in fact can help most of us who are not. Over 90% of degenerative health conditions are actually related to the health of our intestinal tract and the stagnation or fermentation of toxins in our body that do not get processed. These toxins include dead cells, poisonous chemicals, parasites mucus and decaying food. The elimination of these toxins can help improve the functioning of our bodies and lessen or greatly improve disease conditions.
The Problem: Poor Diet, Dehydration & Lack of Exercise
Constipation is a real problem for Americans, primarily because of our unique and often detrimental diets. Too many of us have a very low fiber diet, repeatedly ignore the urge to go at ‘inconvenient’ times, don’t drink enough water, and don’t get enough exercise. The Standard American Diet (SAD) takes three full days, and in some cases up to two weeks, to pass from the dinner table to a bowel movement. In countries where the population’s diet is much more natural, the average food passage time is 24 hours or less. In the same countries, the following serious diseases and conditions are also far less likely to be seen or diagnosed: cancer of the colon, cancer of the rectum, coronary heart disease, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and varicose veins.
It has been known by the natural healing profession for many years that well over 90% of degenerative disease conditions can be related to intestinal stasis – a stagnant, fermenting condition within the bowel and other organs. A person can actually move his bowels many times a day, and still be encumbered with dead cells, decaying food materials, poisonous chemicals, parasites, mucus, etc. All of these contribute to the circulation of toxins throughout the entire body, providing an environment for disease.
The Solution: A Natural, Gentle Laxative
Most laxatives contain chemicals that assist in increasing stool motility, bulk, and regularity – thus relieving occasional constipation. But when misused or overused, these chemical-based products can result in severe health problems, including chronic constipation. Shaklee offers a different, natural remedy. Shaklee’s Herb-Lax is an enhanced proprietary blend that includes senna leaf, which has been traditionally used as a natural laxative. The key ingredients in Herb-Lax provide a gentle laxative for occasional use, and also encourage a mild cleansing action to aid the body’s natural processes.
85% of doctor visits for constipation result in a prescription for a laxative. So it’s important to understand how laxatives work and how to use them safely – and to consider if Herb-Lax is a better alternative for you!
Shaklee’s Herb-Lax gently breaks loose the deadly fecal matter that is impacted on the colon wall. Herb-Lax will gently cleanse and detoxify the colon. It is the most effective detoxifier and cleanser on the market today. Herb-Lax is a blend of 9 herbs formulated by our company founder Dr. Forrest Shaklee in 1917 that encourages a mild cleansing to aid the body’s natural process. These herbs include senna, buckthorn bark, licorice, alfalfa, fennel seed powder, anise, rhubarb root, blue melva flower and culver’s root.
These herbs do not act in the same manner as chemical laxatives. Chemical laxatives can irritate the tissues and pull fluid into the bowel, forcing it to eject its contents. This weakens the organs and can cause dependencies, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Herbs strengthen, normalize, cleanse, and detoxify the colon without destroying the vital intestinal-friendly bacteria.
The Benefits of Shaklee Herb-Lax
- improves regularity
- reduces body odor
- helps acne
- relieves constipation
- useful for diarrhea
- expels gas from the stomach and intestines
- normalizes colon function, nourishes the bowel
- treatment of conditions involving toxicity of the liver
Complimentary Products to Herb-Lax
Shaklee also offers two additional products that can be used in tandem with Herb-Lax for bowel health.
Fiber Advantage is a delicious snack bar that blends appetizing apples, dates, and whole grain rolled oats into a chewy cinnamon flavor snack. Each bar contains 8 grams of fiber. The benefits of Fiber Advantage include promoting regularity, creating an environment for the growth of healthy microflora in your gut, and supporting the long-term health of your colon to help prevent degenerative diseases such as colon cancer.
Shaklee Fiber Plan
Shaklee Fiber Plan is the third product that also helps promote regularity. The recommended intake of fiber is 20-35 grams of fiber per day, but Americans typically consume only half that amount. Fiber Plan Tablets or Powder can help you get your daily fiber!
We believe, and research has proven, that these Shaklee products can help to alleviate occasional constipation and keep your body functioning on a more healthy, regular basis. But we always encourage a visit to the doctor for more lingering symptoms to ensure no hidden conditions or diseases are present.
According to the esteemed Mayo Clinic, constipation may be considered chronic if you’ve experienced two or more of the symptoms outlined earlier in this article for three consecutive months. Please make an appointment with your doctor if you experience unexplained and persistent changes in your bowel habits, before beginning any new regimen.
To your good health!